Update December 17th 2015 : DisplayLink 2.5 driver for Mac is now available (stable version). It makes sure everything works on OS X 10.11 El Capitan though I’m still seeing one screen that won’t reach its full resolution.
Update August 26th 2015 : DisplayLink 2.4 driver for Mac is now available (stable version). Haven’t tried it myself yet but claims that many of the issues from the beta have been resolved or have workarounds.
Update June 29th 2015 : A new DisplayLink 2.4 BETA2 driver for Mac is available (released June 3rd 2015). It claims that “includes workarounds for some of the most severe defects in OS X 10.9 and 10.10” and links this article with known issues.
Update December 12th 2014 : A new DisplayLink 2.3 BETA driver for Mac is available (released October 10th 2014). It’s only a beta but it makes a HUGE difference in terms of performance on Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite. If switching windows has been clunky and if your system has been overall slower than on Mavericks, then I highly recommend you give this patch a try.
I use a DisplayLink system to hook up a 3rd monitor to my laptop via USB. When Mavericks was released, the whole system broke but a beta driver was released (version 2.0) which seems to bring back the extra display even if very quirky. Then, version 2.1 was released but introduced a screen resolution problem.
Since iPhone 5 docks are not yet readily available, I thought I’d take a shot at making my own. The end result is a lot worse than what I had set out to do but it works well none-the-less. Check out the video.
Update 23/04/2014: The installation procedure described below no longer works on Mavericks. Instead you must download the Hardware IO Tools from the Apple Developer portal (search for Hardware IO Tools and download the latest .dmg available). From that .dmg, you’ll be able to install the preference pane.
Since the release of OSX Lion, the Apple Developer Tools have included a nifty tool to help developers simulate different network conditions. This is particularly useful for iOS developers who want to test and debug apps via the simulator and pretend they have an Edge/ or 3G-like network connection. To install the Network Link Conditioner, go to the Network Link Conditioner folder located under “/Developer/Applications/Utilities/” and install the preference pane (reminder: You must have OS Lion or above installed). Once installed, you’ll see this :
iOS 5 is just around the corner and developers have been using the beta version for a few weeks now. It’s coming with oodles of new features ranging from a shortcut to your camera when your screen is locked to a completely revamped Notification center. You can read more on that here. What I find most interesting is that Apple has finally decided to cut the cord and is implementing or upgrading many features to be completely wireless. Though most of these features have been extensively covered and were, for the most part, predicted by the user community, some features are real game changers for iOS where as they might not have been for other platforms. Continue reading Why Over-the-Air updates is a game changer for iOS
iOS 4.3.3 seems to affect the WiFi connection of some iphones. In any case, if your WiFi on your iPhone has suddenly seems to be very slow or disconnects very often, assuming you haven’t changed any settings on your router(s), and if you recently updated to iOS 4.3.3, there might be a simple trick you can use while we wait for Apple to update. Continue reading Fixing iOS 4.3.3 WiFi bug
iOS4.3 introduces a buffed-up Air Play and Home Sharing which is really great but if, like me, you don’t have tons of .mp4 files lying around, you might be looking for a solution to play DivX, AVI, or .mkv videos wirelessly from your Mac to your Apple TV. This solution allows you to do just that except that you’ll have to go through an iPhone or an iPad too.
With the arrival of iOS 4.3, developers are finally able to harness the power of AirPlay which means bye-bye HDMI cable from my Mac to my TV to watch videos. Here’s what you need :
Apple TV 2 fully updated to iOS 4.3 or later
An iPhone or iPad running iOS 4.3 or later with Air Video installed
At the time of writing, Air Video costs €2,39 but frankly, it’s worth it. The app is awesome. If you really want to catch a deal, you can always head on over to Appsfire.com and track the app. Update: There’s a free version here but I don’t know if it’ll serve this purpose.
To stream a movie from your mac, follow these steps :
Install Air Video Server
Set up your preferences and set which folders you want the app to play videos from
Make sure the server is On. (Start Server)
Launch the app that you bought from your iPhone or iPad, connect to a server (in this case, your Mac
Browse to the video you want to play and hit Live Conversion
Once the video starts playing on your device, hit the AirPlay icon and send it to your Apple TV – you’re done! Enjoy the show 🙂